YouTube’s Ad Blitz censored the Tebow ad?

February 12, 2010

After looking at YouTube’s Ad Blitz page earlier today, we were able to see 72 separate Super Bowl ads. The Focus on the Family ad featuring Tim Tebow was not one of them. We aren’t sure whether the Tebow ad was ever included in the Ad Blitz site along with all the other Super Bowl ads, but it sure doesn’t appear to be there now. We repeatedly tried multiple methods of viewing or scrolling through the ads on that site. We also did a Google Search looking for any other coverage of this situation and found none.

Earlier this week via Twitter, we encouraged people to vote for the Tebow ad on Hulu and we also saw it on USA Today’s ad voting and rankings page.  So, both Hulu and USA Today deemed the Tebow ad a legitimate ad for voting purposes. Apparently, YouTube found some reason to not include it on their Ad Blitz site.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, has been caught up in allegations of censorship in the past. Google’s censorship has been so widespread that there is a Wikipedia entry called Censorship by Google. In 2008, Google refused to accept advertising from a British pro-life group. Google’s rejection of the ads was on the grounds that, “[a]t this time, Google policy does not permit the advertisement of websites that contain ‘abortion and religion-related content’.”

You can contact YouTube to make your opinion known on this matter:
YouTube, LLC
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA 94066
USA
Phone: +1 650-253-0000
Fax: +1 650-253-0001
press@youtube.com

We will continue to look for more information on this matter and we will provide updates later.

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Julia February 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Someone needs representing the commercial should submit it… Look on adblitz’s page, there are “Official Rules” (see link):
http://youtubehosting.googlepages.com/adblitz2010

#6 on their official rules states:

“HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter the Contest, contact YouTube through your existing representatives or use the information on our Contact Us page online (http://www.youtube.com/t/contact_us) and ask to speak to an Ad Blitz representative. Entries are accepted at any time during the Contest Period; however, Advertisers acknowledge and agree that voting begins immediately upon commencement of the Contest Period and, as a result, later-entering Advertisers may be disadvantaged in competing for votes. All entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (ET) on February 15, 2010. Your Super Bowl XLIV Ad must meet the “Video Requirements” described below. Entries are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late. “

carol houkesq February 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I really would like to see the ad – I did not see it on superbowl sunday.

Mike Nix February 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I heard it was a very good add and could not have offended any reasonable thinking person. Did not see the add. I would very much like to see it.

Mike

Courageous Grace February 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

It is only censorship if Focus on the Family submitted the video to the contest and YouTube declined to include it. Please please PLEASE check your facts first! I have seen nothing from FoF that indicates they submitted the video for voting on YouTube.

andrea s February 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Carol and mike- if you have facebook you can go to the support tebow’s superbowl ad fan page and see it there.

Pola A February 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm

If you didn’t get to see the Tebow ad, go to http://www.focusonthefamily.com to see it as well as more about the Tebow story.

Bon Mot February 14, 2010 at 6:03 am

Businesses and private citizens have the right to refuse service to anyone. As someone who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States back in the day when I enlisted in the U.S. Military, an oath I take seriously, I support the company’s constitutional rights to decline to broadcast anything they determine to be false, bigoted or offensive in any way. Furthermore, Focus on the Family has a long, well-documented history of disingenuous conduct, and it is obvious that Tim Tebow and his mother have been less than honest as well. Of course this is no surprise since extremist Christians, like Tim Tebow’s mother, who home-school their children to shield them from access to science and other dangerous ideas have a well earned reputation for teaching their children all manner of lies and half-truths and instilling in their children the basest xenophobia and distrust of literature, history and legitimate scientific inquiry. If network TV wishes to broadcast their lies and bigotry, that is their business (after all, Fox News makes a lot of money doing this every day); but no one else is obligated to do the same.

Hank February 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

To Bon Mot:

You are the one that needs to get your facts straight. You have absolutely no clue who Tim Tebow or his mom are. Tims mom and Dad have ministered in the Phillippines long before Tim was born. I dont see anyone on your side doing anything like this. They want the government to take our hard earned money and do it for you. Tims Mom and Dad chose to home school because thats their choice (isn’t that what you guys believe in). You do what all progressives do. You cant argue the facts so you attack the
messenger. I will pray for you! My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ said I should pray for my enemies.

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